Where do people go when they move out of London?
For many reasons – not least the price difference between the capital and most of the rest of the country – there is increasing interest in relocating out of London. A recent list by Savills of the top moving spots outside the M25 based on the percentage of its buyers in each market that are relocating from London included the ususal suspects such as Cirencester (32% from London), Beaconsfield (32%), Tunbridge Wells (29%) and further afield places such as Truro (14%).
Belinda Aspinall who runs Life After London, a popular site which connects those living outside London to those considering moving out from the city, names Guildford, Maidenhead and Bicester/Banbury as the top three most asked about locations. What’s also interesting is what kind of questions people ask.
“We all like to think we are unique,” says Belinda, “but it might not surprise you to know that almost all the questions are variations on a few themes, what’s the commute like, is there much to do for children and what are the schools like, how does X compare to other areas.
“We do of course get lots of different questions – comparing golf clubs, which are the best local restaurants, recommended surveyors, builders and removal companies as well as more general questions like ‘I want to live one hour from the City and I don’t mind where’. However, it seems most people have a general idea of where they want to go and like the chance to nail down the specifics. Critical factors remain the education and well being of children for those moving with littlies. And for those retiring or downsizing or moving without children lifestyle and community seem to be all important.”Tagged in: buying house, moving house, real estate
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